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Kirk Douglas on the Kindness of Lauren Bacall

AmericanAcademyDramaticArtsLogoThe year was 1941. And as Kirk Douglas touchingly recalls in this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the simple gesture of fellow aspiring actor Lauren Bacall made a profound difference to his early Big Apple experiences:

I met Betty when she was 17 and I was 24. We were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was on my own in New York with meager funds. That winter, Betty saw me shivering in my thin overcoat. She didn’t say anything, but she talked her uncle into giving me one of his two thick coats.

I wore it for three years. That sort of unassuming kindness was one of her most endearing characteristics. When I had the honor of presenting Betty with her honorary Oscar in 2009, I told the audience: “People said Bacall was ‘tough.’ She’s a pussycat with a heart of gold.”

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Janice Min Pays Tribute to Her Departing Culture Editor

DeganPenerTwitterProfilePicOn September 10, one of the original members of Janice Min‘s Hollywood Reporter team will be moving on.

Both the importance of culture editor Degen Pener‘s contributions and Min’s fondness for him, personally, shine through in a memo circulated this afternoon:

Dear Staff:

I’m sure many of you have heard the news that culture editor Degen Pener will be leaving us in September, but I wanted to formally tell all of you as I know his impact is felt around so many parts of this organization.

Almost exactly four years ago, Degen was among the first five people I hired at The Hollywood Reporter in anticipation of its relaunch. I had known Degen a bit in New York, and was surprised (as I considered him a bit of a free spirit) that he wanted to come work on what was then just an imaginary magazine that I could only describe conceptually (admittedly, it sounded pretty good). As our culture editor, he dove right in for the launch, and was instrumental in creating so much of the tone and style that is now synonymous with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Bill Maher Sees Dead Cable People

SteveDoocyPicPer a guest column in this week’s Hollywood Reporter, the host of Real Time has a bad, sick-sense feeling about the possible takeover of Time Warner by News Corp. What’s good for the Doocy, the acerbic TV host imagines, will not be good for the Maher:

There’s a terrible price to pay for this. (I mean besides the terrible price I personally will pay when Rupert takes over HBO and my show becomes Paste-Eating Time With Steve Doocy.)

Maher may have it wrong. It seems to FishbowlNY that the more likely Fox News morning show host to be gifted with some extra Friday Real Time would be Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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THR Adds Staffer, NY Times Expands Editorial Board

A couple moves to note this morning, involving The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times. Details are below.

  • Chris Gardner is joining THR as a staff writer. He’ll contribute to the magazine’s Rambling Reporter section. He comes to the magazine from MSN.
  • Ernesto Londoño is joining the New York Times editorial board. He most recently worked for The Washington Post as a Pentagon correspondent. At the Times, Londoño will write about foreign affairs.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Palin Eyes The View | Rolling Stone Appoints Publisher

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Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to The View? (THR / The Live Feed)
Sportsman Channel has picked up a second season of Amazing America With Sarah Palin, the network announced Monday. Palin’s program, which has her introducing viewers to the great outdoors as well as the country’s unsung heroes, has brought significant attention to the niche cable channel, propelling Sportsman to triple-digit year-over-year growth in households and key male demographics. In an interview with THR, Palin names The View as a show that might “need a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into [its] scripts.” TVNewser The rumor mill on who will replace ousted View hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring. In the interview, Palin mentioned that The View might be better if it goes “rogue.” FishbowlDC Palin said, “Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous!” She went on to add, “It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for.” Mediaite With Barbara Walters’ semi-retirement underway and the pending departures of Shepherd and McCarthy, The View is actively looking for new co-hosts. MSNBC The program’s women co-hosts discuss a variety of political and social issues. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg is the only host not departing the daytime show. The series also previously included journalist Lisa Ling, television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar as co-hosts.

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The Hollywood Reporter Adds Two

the hollywood reporter logo GThe Hollywood Reporter has added two to its editorial staff: Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop. Frosch will serve as reviews editor and Bishop will serve as news director, THR.com.

Frosch comes to THR from France 24, where he served as film editor and critic. He had been with France 24 since 2009. Bishop most recently served as The Verge’s film and TV editor.

“Bryan and Jon are proven impact players in their fields,” said THR’s executive editor, Matthew Belloni, in a statement. “We’re thrilled they are bringing their experience, strong relationships, and tireless work ethic to help The Hollywood Reporter build on its success.”

Botth Frosch and Bishop begin their new roles July 14.

Bravo’s Andy Cohen Eyes Madonna, Michelle Obama

As Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live celebrates five years, the numbers are better than ever.

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Per a Q&A with show star Andy Cohen by Hollywood Reporter TV editor Lacey Rose, the program this year is up five percent compared to the same period last year with a weekly viewership of 997,000.

When asked who is at the top of his guest wish-list, Cohen came up with four immediate answers:

“I love music people. I’d love Beyonce or Justin Timberlake. I’d still love Madonna, and I think that’ll happen.”

“The best guests for me are people who I’m actually a big fan of and very invested in. And we’re working on the first lady, too. She and I spoke about it, and she said, “I think that’s a thing we could do later in Barack’s second term.” I loved that answer because what that said to me is, when she comes, she’s going to go for it.”

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Thelma and Louise Take a Selfie

You just know that if Thelma & Louise were hitting the road today, they would at some point take a selfie. Recently, co-stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis did the next best thing, and an image to that effect adorns the cover of this week’s The Hollywood Reporter‘s compilation of Tinseltown’s 100 Favorite Films.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire Phone | Carney’s Final Briefing

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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Guggenheim Promotes Lynne Segall

LynneSegallPicFrom senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter, to executive vice president and group publisher for both THR and Billboard. That’s the latest career progression for the talented Lynne Segall.

From today’s Guggenheim Media announcement:

“Lynne has been at the heart of The Hollywood Reporter’s success, turning brand potential into a churn of growth and constantly raising the bar with a string of truly spectacular achievements,” said Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president John Amato. “Stepping into this new role at Billboard, Lynne will be playing an essential role in Billboard’s next chapter while she continues to drive growth at The Hollywood Reporter.”

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